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Franz-Stefan Gady
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Franz-Stefan Gady is a foreign policy analyst and world affairs commentator. Franz-Stefan has written for the Christian Science Monitor, Foreign Policy Magazine, Foreign Policy Journal, American Diplomacy Quarterly, The National Interest, Small Wars Journal, and New Europe.

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RIMPAC 2014 and the Future of Sino-U.S. Military-to-Military Relations

(0) Comments | Posted June 23, 2014 | 4:59 PM

In June 2014, the People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) will for the first time join the biennial Rim of the Pacific Exercise (RIMPAC) -- the world's largest international maritime warfare exercise. According to the U.S. Pacific Fleet website around 25,000 personnel from 23 nations, along with 49 surface...

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Habsburg Nostalgia: Europe's Most Embarrassing Anachronism? Paradise Saved?

(0) Comments | Posted June 10, 2014 | 11:11 AM


In a recently published piece entitled "The House of Habsburg, Revisited", the author, Simon Winder, engages in a thoughtful yet hyperbolic polemic ridiculing the recent resurgence of interest in the Austro-Hungarian Empire in Central Europe. His argument in a nutshell is...

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Chinese Cyber-Attacks: Will the United States Step Up Its Active Cyber Defense Posture?

(0) Comments | Posted May 27, 2014 | 2:33 PM

The indictment of five Chinese military hackers by a grand jury in the Western District of Pennsylvania illustrates the increasing importance of cyberspace in the great power relationship between the United States and China. It also shows that four years of talking about cyber-espionage, including at the presidential...

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De-Escalation in Cyberspace: It is China's Turn to Act!

(0) Comments | Posted May 7, 2014 | 12:25 PM

Both China and the United States have a vested interest in de-escalating tensions in cyberspace. In the post-Snowden world, the United States has lost its self-conferred leadership role in promoting global Internet freedom, whereas China is seen as recklessly expanding its cyber espionage activities. Within only a year...

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China-EU Cooperation on Combatting Cybercrime: A Model for China-US Relations?

(0) Comments | Posted April 30, 2014 | 11:26 AM

A new policy paper by the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs entitled "China's Policy Paper on the EU: Deepen the China-EU Comprehensive Strategic Partnership for Mutual Benefit and Win-win Cooperation," released simultaneously with President Xi Jinping's visit to Europe in April 2014, particularly emphasizes the need for increased cooperation on...

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Hagel's Visit to China and Sino-Russian Relations

(0) Comments | Posted April 29, 2014 | 10:27 AM

During U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel's recent visit to China, he and his Chinese counterpart, General Chang Wanquan, agreed to improve military-to-military ties, including stepping up joint-military exercises, a new army-to-army dialogue, and a new Asia-Pacific security dialogue between high-level defense officials of both countries.

These agreements...

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Egon Erwin Kisch on the Frontlines of the First World War

(0) Comments | Posted April 8, 2014 | 3:02 PM


'Who saw them shooting?' 'The Captain and 10 men." 'Did they see it for sure?' 'Yes.' The five peasants immediately had to get on their knees behind a bank, and the bullets of a squad banged against them. The youngest looked barely 15...
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George Orwell and Karl Kraus: Two Sides of the Same Argument Against Political Euphemism

(0) Comments | Posted April 2, 2014 | 11:21 AM


Reviewing Jonathan Franzen's book The Kraus Project, the German poet Michael Hoffmann argues that people call the Austrian satirist, Karl Kraus, brilliant, "though it's sometimes said with a there-now-go-away-please undertone". By that Hoffman implies that people all too freely...

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Austrian Neutrality: A Model for Ukraine

(1) Comments | Posted March 6, 2014 | 1:14 PM


The crisis in Ukraine is spinning slowly out of control. An aggressive Russia under the leadership of a man who once deemed the end of the Soviet Union "the greatest geopolitical tragedy of the 20th century" is pursuing a neo-Soviet foreign policy for...

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The Fall of Singapore and Railway of Death

(0) Comments | Posted March 3, 2014 | 3:54 PM

A new film remembers the end of Britain's Asian Empire and a "complacent supremacy."

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Row after row of neatly arranged rectangular gravestones stretch across the Kanchanaburi War Cemetery, forming a dark gray silent phalanx of...

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Karl Kraus und das stille Dulden

(0) Comments | Posted March 3, 2014 | 6:57 AM

Viel zu oft bleibt die künstlerische Auseinandersetzung mit dem ersten Weltkrieg oberflächlich. Ein Museumsbesuch zeigt, wozu das führen kann.


Karl Kraus ist wieder en vogue. Sein viel zitiertes aber wenig gelesenes Antikriegsepos "Die letzten Tage der Menschheit" wird mit dem sich rasch nähernden...

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Aktive Neutralität: Die Völkerschlacht von Leipzig und Österreich

(0) Comments | Posted October 21, 2013 | 2:06 PM

Zum 200ten Jahrestag der Völkerschlacht von Leipzig: Das zum Gründungsmythos der 2-ten Republik verklärte Konzept der Neutralität, bescherte dem Kaiserreich Österreich 1813 ihren vielleicht grössten diplomatischen Triumph.


Es ist der 23. Oktober 1813. Müde steigt der österreichische Feldzeugmeister Hieronymus von Colloredo vom Pferd....

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Sex, Lust, Romance and Foreign Policy

(0) Comments | Posted October 14, 2013 | 3:42 PM

"Many a good man has been put under the bridge by a woman," states Charles Bukowski's alter ego Henry Chinanski at the beginning of his novel, Women. This statement is of course naturally applicable in the reverse: Many a good woman has been put under the bridge by a man....

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Fitzgeraldean Self-Reflections and Austria

(0) Comments | Posted October 9, 2013 | 9:26 PM

"The change came a long way back, but at first it didn't show. The manner remains intact for some time after the morale cracks," reflects the psychoanalyst Dick Diver placidly as his alcohol-induced life spins out of control in one of the last chapters in F. Scott Fitzgerald's...

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It's Time We Talk About Cyber Deterrence

(0) Comments | Posted September 12, 2013 | 2:57 PM

As U.S. military strikes against the Syrian government become more likely, many in the West are worried about retaliatory cyber attacks of pro-Assad forces on critical information infrastructure in Europe and the United States. The Syrian Electronic Army and its recent activities of hacking various news websites and social media...

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Winning The War in Afghanistan One Meeting at a Time

(0) Comments | Posted September 6, 2013 | 4:46 PM

A convoy of buff-clad U.S. Army vehicles is slowly moving through the bazaar of Gardez city in Paktia in Eastern Afghanistan. The final destination is the governor's compound where the weekly security meeting of the Afghan National Security Forces is scheduled on this early August morning. And even though Lt....

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Afghan Forces Not Worried About U.S. Departure

(0) Comments | Posted September 4, 2013 | 9:05 AM

ZORMAT, PAKTIA -- It is the early morning on the route connecting Gardez with the little town of Zormat, when a U.S. supply convoy is abruptly halted -- an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) has been discovered on the road. Because of the US troop drawdown, the convoy's final destination, Combat...

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A Deadly Artillery Duel in Eastern Afghanistan

(0) Comments | Posted September 3, 2013 | 1:36 PM

Despite Afghan Forces taking the lead, fighting can be as brutal as ever for American soldiers stationed in Afghanistan.

Franz-Stefan Gady, Combat Outpost Wilderness, Afghanistan

"Stand By! Fire!" off shoots an artillery round into a clear, moonless August night on the Khost-Gardez Pass in Eastern Afghanistan. The gun crew, nicknamed...

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Edelweiss and Fez: Officer Diversity in Imperial Austria

(0) Comments | Posted July 30, 2013 | 5:41 PM

Up until 1918 no other army in the world produced more Jewish officers than the Austrian-Hungarian Army.

Vienna, Austria

Sigmund Freud, Arthur Schnitzler, Arnold Schoenberg and Joseph Roth, to name a few, all did it: during their military service they became officer candidates or reserve officers in the

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Mystic Chords of Memory and the 'Heroes' of War

(11) Comments | Posted July 25, 2013 | 3:46 AM

When I first arrived in America a few years ago, one of the first things I noticed was the road name, Jefferson Davis Highway. For a moment, I wondered whether I was trapped in the 2004 mockumentary C.S.A: the Confederate States of America, where the South had won...

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